The Dead Sea Scrolls


The goals of the research unit are to provide a forum for scholarly discussion of the Dead Sea Scrolls and to facilitate further integration of the study of the Scrolls within the fields of biblical and cognate studies. We encourage conversation between the early transmission, reception, and interpretation of the Scrolls and other literary sources from the late Second Temple period, such as Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha and the Greek translations, as well as available inscriptions and archeological evidence. The research unit hosts two sessions annually: one open call session for papers discussing any aspect of the Dead Sea Scrolls and one session focused on a changing theme with both invited and submitted papers. The chosen themes represent some of the major discussions of the field of Dead Sea Scrolls studies and seeks to integrate various points of view, e.g., literary studies, material culture, and new interdisciplinary methods.


Dead Sea Scrolls, Qumran, Second Temple Judaism, Second Temple Literature


Jessi Orpana
University of Salzburg

Amanda M. Davis Bledsoe
Ludwig Maximilian University Munich

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Wuppertal 2021 Call for Papers

For the 2021 meeting in Wuppertal we welcome proposals for two sessions.

The first thematic session will focus on “Scribes and Scribal Practices in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Proposals for this session should address some aspect related to the materiality of the Scrolls, scribes and scribal activity, or the communities behind the larger corpus. Papers may examine scribal practices in a single manuscript or discuss comparative evidence across multiple manuscripts of the same text or genre. Papers that relate the scribal practices of the Scrolls to those of other ancient Mediterranean or Near Eastern corpora are also welcome.

The second session will be an open session. Papers are welcome on any topic related to the Dead Sea Scrolls or the material culture of Qumran or the other Dead Sea sites. We especially welcome papers that relate the Scrolls to their broader social and cultural milieu.